Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

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Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties – Disability Scoop 


Crippled Politics disability discrimination2 300x199 Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties It’s about time that they started cracking down on ADA violators.  Stiffer fines will send the message that it’s not okay to discriminate against people with disabilities. This new rule change is way overdue.

It never ceases to piss me off that even though the ADA is 25 years old this July, businesses always act like it’s something new and that they never heard of it.  As far as I’m concerned, they need to wake the hell up and realize that we are damn sick and tired of being marginalized, not only by them, but the rest of the establishment as well.





$50K initially approved for added ADA seating at Barnett Arena

Adding ADA-compliant seating was cited as the lowest priority among around $38 million worth of upgrades needed for Barnett Arena to be ADA compliant, according to a past study. More than 400 ADA violations were cited in the report that has in part
Civil Penalties Rise on ADA-Noncompliant Facilities

There’s yet another reason to ensure your facility is accessible and does not discriminate against people with disabilities. As Seyfarth Shaw senior fellow Kevin A. Fritz explains on News & Insights, the Department of Justice recently issued a final


 Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

This video from Robert Reich, Former Sec. of Labor under President Clinton, about how unfair our tax system is in the United States is one of the best I’ve seen. It thoroughly explains how wealthy Americans get out of paying their fair share of taxes because of tax loopholes and subsidies that the vast majority of people do not have access.

He goes on to explain how the GOP not only perpetuates this system, but proposes to make it even more unfair than it is by use of legislation like the proposed budget by Paul Ryan. Some people may know, the so-called Ryan budget calls for draconian cuts to social services, Medicare, and Social Security, while calling for even lower taxes on the rich.

If this video doesn’t make you angry, or increase the level of anger that you may already have, there is something wrong with you.


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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich made a very curious statement on Monday’s Morning Joe. During a roundtable discussion on income inequality, former congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) asked Reich what policies, besides raising the …
Robert Reich’s Terrible List Of Reasons To Raise The Minimum Wage To $15 An

I do realise that Robert Reich is a scholar of political economy but I do wish that there were rather more economics than politics in his prescriptions. For he’s treated us to a list of reasons as to why the minimum wage should be raised to the near




 Robert Reich: Happy Tax Day VIDEO—Why the 1% Pay a Much Lower Rate than You

This guy is such an asshole! He is the type of white person (if you can call him that) who really embarrasses the hell out of me. He is the type of ignoramus that makes me totally embarrassed to be a Caucasian.

Here is a perfect example of the very reason that this entire country really needs to revisit the issue of having a mass racial discussion and really clear the air about an issue that has plagued the United States for far too long.

Leave it to Fox news (a.k.a. faux news) to put this idiot on the air.


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Racial Discussion. Blog Post 2. It is important to discuss issues that are seen as having racial dimension for a few reasons. The first reason is because racism plays a role in each and every school. Some schools have a more …
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The study’s researchers concluded that the reasons crime didn’t spike in medical marijuana states might have to do with the inherent cultural attitudes in areas that legalize marijuana:

“Perhaps the more likely explanation of the current findings is that [medical marijuana] laws reflect behaviors and attitudes that have been established in those societies. If these attitudes and behaviors reflect a more tolerant populace that is less likely to infringe on one another’s personal rights, we are unlikely to expect an increase in crime and might even anticipate a slight reduction in personal crimes.”

Legalizing Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Crime—In Fact, It Might Reduce It | Alternet


Crippled Politics medical marijuana 262x300 Crime Rates Down In States That Have Legalized Medical MarijuanaThis article about the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana is one of the most relevant and sensible that I have seen so far. It takes the time to accurately flesh out the reasons why crime in states that have legalized medical marijuana have had a decline in personal crimes, such as, homicide, burglaries, and assaults.  The fact that marijuana, both medical and recreational, is illegal is a travesty.  Since it has been proven that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, it should never have been made illegal in the first place.

As far as I’m concerned, legalized medical marijuana is a no-brainer.  It has been proven time and again that medical marijuana is very effective in treating the symptoms of a number of medical conditions and illnesses.  Proposition 215, the ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana in California is one of the most progressive pieces of legislation that I can remember.  It’s one of those things that makes me proud to be a citizen of this state.

Medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy, the treatment that is used in fighting cancer.  Since chemotherapy causes a tremendous amount of nausea and other side effects, something effective is needed.  Medical marijuana fits this bill very well.  With decreased nausea, a cancer patient is able to maintain their appetite and eat nutritious food, something that makes recovery from any illness more complete.

Many people with disabilities, such as, spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other conditions that cause spasms use medical marijuana to relieve those symptoms.  I have known a lot of people personally that have benefited from medical marijuana in the treatment of spasms.  It is a very effective anti-spasmodic without the side effects created by other medications.

The side effects and related illnesses caused by AIDS are also medical conditions that are effectively treated by medical marijuana.  Personally, I have known at least four people whose lives have been prolonged a couple of years because they were able to effectively treat their symptoms with medical marijuana.  I will always be thankful that medical marijuana gave these people more time to spend on this planet, and take time to enjoy the rest of their lives.

 Crime Rates Down In States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana shapes up as the most prominent 2014 Albany issue

ALBANY – Medical marijuana is looming as the most prominent issue that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers face in the second half of the 2014 legislative session, with proponents stepping up efforts to make New York the 21st state to legalize it.
Medical marijuana may ease some MS symptoms – The Chart – CNN

Medical marijuana might be the most effective complementary or alternative medicine to provide relief of symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology …

Liberal comic Bill Maher slammed the Supreme Court for its decision to strike down limits on individual campaign contributions, saying “the idiots have found a way to break” the Constitution.

via Bill Maher: Ruling shows ‘idiots’ won – Lucy McCalmont – POLITICO.com


Crippled Politics Bill Maher US Supreme Court ruling 300x162 The US Supreme Court Gives a Green Light To Political BriberyOn Wednesday, the  US  Supreme Court ruled that limits on campaign financing were unconstitutional and should be eliminated.  With this idiotic ruling, the US  Supreme Court gave a green light to the Koch brothers and every other rich bastard to subvert the system even more than they already have for their own financial gain.  The US  Supreme Court basically flushed any type of democracy in our electoral process down the toilet.

As if our current system of campaign financing isn’t already riddled by corruption, this ruling will only make the situation far worse.  This ruling gives the wealthy and corporations almost complete dominance of our electoral process because they will be able to inundate the process with so much money that no politician will be able to get elected, who is not willing to do the bidding of the corporate elite.

Any type of real democracy that we may have had in our electoral system in this country evaporated as soon as the US  Supreme Court made this stupid and unjust ruling.  Grassroots politics, as far as the common people being able to get a candidate elected to truly represent their best interests, is quickly dying on the vine.

The US  Supreme Court’s previous ruling that granted a corporation the same status as a real citizen was enough of an obscenity.  Wednesdays ruling trumps that about five times over.  This is a really sad day in American democracy, because that democracy is rapidly dying before our very eyes.

 The US Supreme Court Gives a Green Light To Political Bribery

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In the April 11, 1959 issue of The Nation, a young attorney named Ralph Nader took auto manufacturers to task for “glacier-like movement” in availing themselves of engineering solutions to minimize the deadly effects of car crashes. “Automobiles are so designed as to be dangerous at any speed,” he warned, testing out the line that evolved into the title of his groundbreaking 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed.

Fifty-five years later, Congress is investigating a new car safety scandal involving corporate malfeasance, regulatory ineptitude, and at least thirteen deaths. For more than a decade, General Motors was aware of an ignition switch defect that caused some cars to shut off, seemingly at random, disabling the power steering, the airbags, and other safety features. Not until February did GM begin to recall the affected models. The company has recalled more than 2.6 million vehicles so far, and is facing a congressional inquiry and a criminal probe. For it’s part, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, one of the most significant legacies of Nader’s campaign for consumer safety, appears to have failed to perform its oversight and enforcement duties, twice declining to investigate reports of the defects.

via Ralph Nader on the GM Scandal: ‘Detroit has Washington Pretty Greased’ | The Nation

Crippled Politics Ralph Nader as a young man The Nation Ralph Nader: Still Targeting General Motors About Auto Safety

It looks as though General Motors hasn’t learned a damn thing since Ralph Nader first dragged them over the coals, in 1959.  They are still playing fast and loose with consumer safety, just like they always have.  In this interview, I’m very glad to see that Ralph Nader continues to be a thorn in their greedy corporate sides.

Ralph Nader has always been a champion of the American consumer.  He has not only fought for automobile safety, but has also fought for the safety of other products as well.  His ceaseless struggle against a heartless corporate America that really doesn’t give a damn about product safety, instead focusing on their bottom line, has saved countless lives of consumers who would have been killed or injured by unsafe products.

Unfortunately, Ralph Nader is also much maligned, mostly by people who stand to gain something by misrepresenting him to an American public, most of whom are either too young to remember his great service, or who have been swayed by negative propaganda against him.

In this interview, published by The Nation, it’s very refreshing to see that Ralph hasn’t lost any of his fire, especially against a target that has always been in his crosshairs, General Motors.  He really holds their feet to the fire about this latest scandal which has cost 13 people their lives.  Ralph Nader not only righteously attacks General Motors for their 10 year cover-up of these problems with their automobiles, but the corporate culture that encourages corporations to disregard public safety in favor of corporate profits.

How Many Americans Are Alive Today Thanks to Ralph Nader?

Two shadows hang over this scandal: Kitty Genovese and Ralph Nader. In 1964 Ms. Genovese, a 29-year sports bar manager in Queens, New York, was stabbed to death while, allegedly, 38 neighbors heard her screams but refused to get “involved”.
“A Culture of Timidity”: Ralph Nader on How Regulators Ignored a

Ralph Nader, longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic, former presidential candidate and author of many books, including in 1965, Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile. His new …


 Ralph Nader: Still Targeting General Motors About Auto Safety

Unfortunately, we‘ve come to expect language like ‘welfare queens,’ ‘food stamp president,’ and now ‘race hustlers’ from the right wing and Mr. O’Reilly. It is disgusting and divisive and should never be accepted in our national discourse,” she said. “For us to achieve the American dream for all, we must engage in this conversation that has been sparked about race and poverty, even if it is difficult for some.”

Dem Rep. Calls Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Race Hustlers’ Comment ‘Disgusting’

Crippled Politics Barbara Lee Bill OReilly 300x162 Rep. Barbara Lee Calls Out Bill OReilly For His Racism

This is one really good reason that I am glad Barbara Lee is my representative in the House of Representatives.   She is not afraid to tell it like it is, like she does in this TPM article.  Racist idiots like Bill O’Reilly need to be called out every time they open their stupid mouths.

 Bill O’Reilly has gotten away with this type of bullshit for far too long. Ever since Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American President of the United States, he and every other right-winger has targeted not only president Obama, but every other person of color, for blatant and thinly veiled racist attacks and ugly rhetoric.  Even though O’Reilly has attacked people who label him as a racist, saying things like they are too caught up in “white guilt” and other trash talk in a lame attempt to somehow defend himself, he is as guilty of racism if he were wearing a white robe and hood.

As far as I’m concerned, the worst type of racists are those who deny it over and over, and go on using the same code words (welfare queens, food stamp president, etc.) in their constant ugly vitriol against poor inner-city dwellers, most of whom are African-American or Latino.  Bill O’Reilly is the type of racist who, even though they may not say the N-word, will just sit there with a smile on his face and think the N-word.  Does that make him any better than an open and outright member of the Ku Klux Klan?

No, it doesn’t!



MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: ‘Bill O’Reilly Is a Pretty Accomplished Race Baiter Himself’

What Bill O’Reilly means by the term race hustler is someone who tells their audience that the problems of poverty, particularly black poverty, have nothing to do with what they in the audience are doing. That they the audience listening to the race
Bill O’Reilly Calls Rep. Barbara Lee A ‘Race Hustler’ – Huffington Post

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly brought Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday to discuss charges of racism made by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) against the former vice presidential candidate. In recent …


 Rep. Barbara Lee Calls Out Bill OReilly For His Racism

A Good Quote by Bill Maher

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“It’s about a psychotic, mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God,” Maher said. “Genesis says God was so angry with himself for screwing up when he made mankind so flawed that he sent the flood to kill everyone — everyone. Men, women, children, babies. What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie.”

Hey God, you know you’re kind of a dick when you’re in a movie with Russell Crowe and you’re the one with anger issues,” Maher added, punctuating a zinger that has been met with gasps.


I really don’t know why anyone is surprised by anything that Bill Maher has to say, especially about religion.  After all, he has never made any secret about the fact that he is anti-religious.

It never ceases to amaze me the way these right-wing, and in this case, even moderate Bible thumpers gets all bent out of shape about a comedian and his jokes.  If there is a God, something which I’m not sure about, I’m sure he has enough sense of humor that he or she is also probably laughing.

The real jokes here are the asinine idiots who can’t take a joke, that are so anal-retentive that they probably can’t even walk straight.


 A Good Quote by Bill Maher
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Proposed Medical Weed Regulations Could Significantly Restrict Calif. Doctors


Crippled Politics medicinal marijuana legislation 250x250 Medical Marijuana Regulations Written by Cops?  Bad Idea!

Allowing the cops, by way of their political lobbying arm, to regulate medical marijuana is a big mistake.  Even though some type of regulations is needed, this proposed bill is the wrong approach.  Since when is it ever a good idea to allow law enforcement to make healthcare regulations? Never!

If some type of regulation is needed, which I believe it is, I prefer the previous proposed bill by State Sen. Tom Ammiano. It’s far less restrictive and makes a lot more sense.  That bill, which was sidetracked last year, would have only required that medical marijuana dispensaries be required to pay sales tax.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s all the regulation that is really necessary.  Besides that, it would establish a tax structure that could be used in the eventuality that marijuana is made entirely legal, whether it be for medicine or mere recreational purposes.

I am very sick and tired of seeing medical marijuana used as a political football, being tossed from one side of the field to the other.  Despite the naysayers, there is a large abundance of evidence that clearly proves that many medical conditions and diseases are successfully treated by medical marijuana.  It is an atrocity that politicians insist on circumventing peoples’ rights to treat their illnesses in whatever way they see fit.


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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton On Medical Marijuana: Spark It Up

Bratton, who was asked his position at a City Hall press conference on Tuesday, said he has long been an advocate for medical marijuana, even when it wasn’t a popular stance. “I’ve always been very supportive of the use of 


 Medical Marijuana Regulations Written by Cops?  Bad Idea!
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Police Violence and People with Disabilities


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